Keyword: covid-19

French Muslims pay heavy price in COVID pandemic

Evidence collated by Reuters – including statistical data that indirectly captures the impact and testimony from community leaders – indicates the COVID death rate among French Muslims is much higher than in the overall population.

France to honour health workers killed by Covid with special status

President Macron said a status called “died in the service of the republic” would be created to honour public employees who lose their life “in exceptional circumstances”.

Number of French Covid patients in intensive care below 4,000

It is the first time the number of Covid ICU patients has been below 4,000 since March 11, health ministry data showed.

France meets mid-May target of 20 million Covid-19 vaccinations

The French government has succeeded with its target of ensuring that 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered by mid-May,  with the next stage being the administration of a total 30 million doses by mid-June.

French report warns of deepening, enduring poverty from Covid crisis

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A food distribution point for university students in Perpignan, southern France. © Jeanne Mercier/Hans Lucas/Hans Lucas via AFP A food distribution point for university students in Perpignan, southern France. © Jeanne Mercier/Hans Lucas/Hans Lucas via AFP

The social repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis have deepened the conditions of poverty in which around 9 million people in France were already living before its onset, and has tipped a significant number of others below the poverty line, according to a study commissioned by the French government. Published this week, it warns of a ‘timebomb’ of pauperisation from the cumulative effects of the crisis which will endure even after a rebound in economic activity. Faïza Zerouala reports.

French PM says country close to 'exiting' Covid-19 crisis

As France tentatively moves towards lifting restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, including the re-opening of restaurants, cinemas and museums and a shorter overnight curfew, Prime Minister Jean Castex claimed the country was 'coming out of this health crisis', above all through vaccinations.

Macron slams 'Anglo-Saxons' for blocking Covid-19 vaccines

Speaking from the Portuguese city of Porto on the sidelines of an EU 'social summit', French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday accused what he called 'the Anglo-Saxons', an apparent reference to both the US and the UK, of blocking exports of anti-Covid-19 vaccines and their raw materials.

French dictionary update sees surge in new words from Covid crisis

The latest edition of the French dictionary Le Petit Larousse has added an exceptional number of new words which have come into common use through the Covid-19 crisis.

A year of shutdown: the stories of life on furlough in France

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A French restaurant sign announcing “It’s closed”, “Come back quickly!”. © Frédéric Scheiber/Hans Lucas/Hans Lucas via AFP A French restaurant sign announcing “It’s closed”, “Come back quickly!”. © Frédéric Scheiber/Hans Lucas/Hans Lucas via AFP

For a little more than a year now, the succession of on-off lockdowns and restrictions on public and economic activity have severely disrupted the personal and professional lives of many millions in France, notably for those placed on furlough. Mediapart asked readers to provide their personal accounts of the long months deprived of work and largely confined to their homes. Cécile Hautefeuille presents here a selection of the stories that came back; some are sad, some are funny, and nearly all have an underlining theme of a questioning of the sense of their lives and jobs.

France reopens schools as virus patients numbers peak

Nursery and primary schools have reopened across France after a three-week closure in the first step out of the country’s partial lockdown.

France spent €26 billion in 2020 to bail out its tourism industry

France is currently experiencing its third lockdown as the government bets that by sacrificing the Easter holidays it can save the summer vacation period. 

French PM says third wave 'seems over' as ICU numbers near record

France's prime minister Jean Castex said that travel restrictions will be relaxed from early next month.

Despite Covid, Macron foresees some summer tourists in Paris

French President says he foresees at least some tourists returning to Paris this summer if they have been vaccinated or have proof of testing negative for the coronavirus.

How Covid-19 caused 'historic' fall in life expectancy in France

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The mortuary at the Bichat hospital in Paris, January 29th 2021. © Joel Saget/AFP The mortuary at the Bichat hospital in Paris, January 29th 2021. © Joel Saget/AFP

While France last week passed the landmark official figure of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, some have questioned the real significance of the disease on the deathrate of the elderly and the physically weak who, they bluntly argue, would have died sooner or later from other causes. Rozenn Le Saint turned to demographers for their insight into a clouded debate.

French doctors' unions sound alarm over intern suicides

French doctors' unions have launched a campaign to highlight the mental stress of hospital interns amid the Covid-19 crisis, which have seen several young doctors commit suicide, as working hours during the pandemic have risen from the usual weekly 48 to 80.